Once a Pilot, always a Pilot

Your guide to post-grad life

By Chiara Profenna | April 21, 2022 11:00pm

If you don’t have any idea what direction your life will go in the coming months, keep in mind some of UP’s available resources and tips for post-grad life.

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UP’s class of 2022,

In less than two weeks, you will walk across the Chiles stage and receive your magnificent diploma jacket (diploma actually not included, you’ll get it later).

That day, you’ll celebrate and be showered with praise and love – it’s an enormous feat. But, later, once the toasts have ceased and the music has dimmed, you might find yourself wondering, what’s next?

After graduation, your path may not be as clear as you would have hoped. Perhaps you’re lucky and have a job lined up or you’re pursuing higher education. If not, try not to sweat it. You have an incredible support system, whether you know it or not.

If you don’t have any idea what direction your life will go in the coming months, keep in mind some of UP’s available resources and tips for post-grad life.

The Career Education Center

UP’s Career Education Center is open to you now and after graduation. Appointments are available all year, Monday through Friday. And resources can be found on the website 24/7.

Resources and handouts on the website cover a broad range of topics, from interview guidance and resume tips to internships and job search plans. They can all be found here.

For post-grad life specifically, one of the greatest tools that you already have access to is Handshake, a job and internship portal, packed with opportunities. 

Networking Tools

According to the Career Education Center, 80% of positions are found through referrals and networking. 

It’s one of the most important skills to develop, with resources all around you. Networking advice, plans and request forms are all on the Career Education Center website.

LinkedIn is the most well-known networking platform where professional connections can be made. Utilize UP’s community and build those connections.

Speaking of UP’s community, one instant networking connection you have as a graduate is the alumni community. Join the alumni Facebook page, LinkedIn group and the alternative Pilots Guiding Pilots LinkedIn group to grow your network by thousands. 

Switchboard, another networking platform, is a resource to find jobs and connections within the UP community in a simple ask/offer format: ask for what you need or offer what you have.

Rejection is only redirection

The job field isn’t a walk in the park. Chances are, some of your applications will be rejected. Don’t get discouraged, and don’t be picky. Any experience is good for your career.

Every graduate is on their own timeline for success.

If you’re feeling stuck, there are tons of professional organizations you can join. These associations offer countless benefits like reduced rates, professional development, and tons of connections. You can find a list organized by field here.

Lastly: Be patient with yourself

Graduating is a necessary shift. After being a student for 20+ years of life, it’s easy to feel lost and unsure of your place. Take your time and be kind to yourself as you figure out the next steps.

In the meantime, update your resume, take some time for yourself and do your best. Remember, UP has your back.

Chiara Profenna is a reporter for The Beacon. She can be reached at profenna23@up.edu